Ancient Thailand and River Kwai - 6 days

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Discover the beautiful scenery and riveting history on this 6 day tour of central Thailand. Explore the bustling capital of Bangkok before immersing yourself in the ancients ruin of the former royal capital, Ayutthaya. From an overnight stay on the River Kwai Jungle Rafts to taking a dip in the waterfalls of Erawan National Park, you'll experience the best of Central Thailand in 6 days.

Highlights
  • Bangkok – see highlights of Thailand’s capital by tuk-tuk and by boat as we explore the Grand Palace and the city’s maze of canals
  • Kanchanaburi – admire the famous ‘Bridge Over the River Kwai’ and pay your respects to the POW’s at the Allied War Cemetery
  • Ayutthaya – visit the former capital of Thailand including the ancient ruins of Wat Mahatat and the Wat Phri Sanphet Temple
  • Erawan National Park – swim in the pools beneath the famous seven tiered waterfall and walk along lush forest trails
Age Policy
18yrs or 16yrs accompanied by an adult
Destinations
  • Asia
  • Thailand
Tour Types
  • Small Group
Day 1: Bangkok

Wednesday. Welcome to Bangkok, the ever-alluring capital of Thailand. Once you have checked into your hotel the rest of the day is free until 6pm when you meet your guide for a welcome meeting. We'll make our way to the lively Khao San Road area, here we'll enjoy a welcome dinner down the bustling street of Soi Rambuthri. After dinner your guide will assist you back to the hotel, alternatively you can continue the night at one of the many exuberant bars in the area.

Day 2: Bangkok

This morning we set off to explore this sprawling metropolis. The first stop is at the 24 hour flower market where you get to view stunning orchids and roses on sale to the local restaurants and florists. We then jump on Tuk Tuks and take an exhilarating ride through the streets of Bangkok reaching our next stop Wat Pho, home to the famous reclining Buddha. Then we visit the spiritual and religious heart of the city - the striking Grand Palace. Topped by golden stupas, the complex has been the site of royal coronations and is home to the legendary Emerald Buddha.

After a break for lunch we board a longtail boat and set off on an exploration of the labrynth of klongs (canals) that criss cross the city. On our journey we’ll glide by stilted houses and gleaming temples whilst old men fish and children play about on the waters edge. Disembarking our boats the rest of the day is at leisure to further explore Bangkok independently.

Day 3: Ayutthaya

Bangkok - Ayutthaya. This morning we make our way to the former Thai capital of Ayutthaya.

This afternoon we explore Ayutthaya’s famous ruins, visiting the magnificent stupas at Wat Phri Sanphet and iconic Wat Mahatat where the head of a damaged Buddha statue has slowly been embraced and lifted by a nearby tree. This is one of Thailand’s most religiously significant places. This evening we continue to Suphanburi for our overnight stay.

Day 4: Kanchanaburi

Ayutthaya - Kanchanaburi. This morning we drive to the small town of Kanchanaburi. Here we pay our respects to the thousands of Allied POWs who perished in the area under the hand of the Imperial Japanese Army. After pausing at the Allied War Cemetery we continue to the infamous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’, immortalised by the film of the same name. You have a chance to take pictures before you board a train for a 2 hour journey that crosses the bridge before following the tracks dug by the POWs and locals some 75 years earlier.

Disembarking at Nam Tok we have a short drive to ‘Hellfire Pass’ where the POWs dug through a mountain often using only their bare hands. A fascinating museum at the entrance details the region’s history.

After our day’s sightseeing a leisurely longtail boat ride leads us to our fabulous floating jungle raft hotel. To the beauty of a hundred softly glowing lanterns and the sounds of the tropical forest and cool water flowing by we enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening on the deck.

Day 5: Bangkok

Kanchanaburi - Bangkok. This morning you might be lucky enough to interact with the local resident elephant who occasionally pops down to the river bank next to the jungle rafts. We then travel on to the beautiful Erawan National Park to explore the rivers, waterfalls and trails on foot. You'll have time to explore the 7 tiers of waterfall, perhaps taking a swim in each of the pools formed by the falls. Departing Erawan we make our way back to Bangkok for our final evening in the capital.

Day 6: Bangkok

Monday. Today marks the end of your Thai adventure. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport in time for your onward departure flight. Your most welcome to extend your stay in Bangkok. If choosing to book post tour accommodation with us a departure transfer to the airport will be offered at the completion of your post tour accommodation arrangements.

  • 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • 4 nights 3 - 4 star & Special Class hotels, 1 night floating hotel in the jungle
  • Airport arrival transfer day 1 & departure transfer day 6
  • Escorted by an English-speaking Thai tour guide
  • Guided sightseeing in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Erawan National Park and Ayuthaya
  • Train ride over the River Kwai and visit to Hellfire Pass
  • ?Longtail boat cruise on the canals of Bangkok and on the Kok River
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles


NB - the following are not included:

-International flights and visa
-Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
-Entrance Fees: USD$25-35pp, paid in USD

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23-Oct-2019 for 6 Nights
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06-Nov-2019 for 6 Nights Visit Website
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04-Dec-2019 for 6 Nights
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